What is the identification microchip?
The microchip is a metallic device, covered by an inert capsule about the size of a rice grain, which is inserted under the skin. Once it is activated by a scanner, it transmits a unique identification number for every animal.
Why should I identify my pet?
The pet identification helps to locate its owner when the animal is lost. The finder’s only duty is to bring the animal to a veterinarian establishment, where the real owner can be also identified, in case the pet is stolen. Apart from being an obligatory duty established by the current legislation, the pet identification is an essential tool to encourage responsible pet ownership, to ensure a strict health inspection by vets, and to control epidemics in dogs and cats.
Why a microchip?
The microchip is the most widely-used identification method in the world. Its application is easy, quick and painless. It is indelible, reliable and durable.
Is it compulsory?
Yes. The Animal Protection Law of the Canary Islands, and the Potentially Dangerous Animals Law, establish the obligation of identifying pets and their registration in the corresponding city hall.
How can I get a microchip for my pet?
The microchip must be inserted in a veterinarian establishment because it is a surgical action, and must be done by a professional veterinarian.
Could I have a microchip inserted in any pet?
There are many animals that can be identified by the introduction of a microchip. Although it is commonly used on dogs and cats, it can also be inserted in other animals such as horses, rodents or exotic animals.
Is the procedure painful?
The introduction of the microchip is innocuous and painless, like a small pinch. It is inserted in the subcutaneous area in the left side of the neck, and it stays there during the whole life of the animal, thanks to an anti-migration system that prevents its displacement.
At what age can my pet have the microchip inserted?
Animals can be identified through this method from a very early age, depending on their weight. Since this system helps the location of lost pets, it is recommended that they are old enough to be able to move by their own means.